There’s a lot of pressure on the Los Angeles Dodgers as they enter the 2014 season. They definitely have the talent to be one of the better teams in all of baseball, but one of the questions heading into the start of the season continues to be Matt Kemp.
Kemp has been riddled by injuries the last two years, but had two off-season surgeries in hopes he would enter the 2014 season with a clean bill of health. Although he’s been making progress, Kemp has yet to run on his surgically repaired ankle and will likely miss the opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia.
Luckily for the Dodgers, they have three capable outfielders to rely on while Kemp continues to rehab. However, Kemp has acknowledged that he doesn’t want to be the fourth outfielder and expects to start when he finally returns to the field. The 29-year-old has made it clear that he won’t accept that role, which could create some controversy in the clubhouse.
If history is any indication, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford will eventually visit the DL, which gives the Dodgers valuable insurance. Trade rumors for Kemp could potentially gain steam during the season, but if Kemp can remain healthy and regain his old form, the Dodgers will surely keep the former MVP candidate.
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